Last month, the successful recall of two Colorado state senators by disgruntled gun owners sent ripples across the nation. Former Colorado Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) were both key supporters of the new gun control laws passed earlier this year, a set of laws that severely restricted gun ownership across the state. Gun rights supporters responded by voting the lawmakers out of office. Now, a recall campaign is underway against a third gun control supporter, Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminister). After witnessing the failed efforts of gun control groups to support Morse and Giron, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said it might be wise for the same groups to stay out of the current recall effort against Hudak.

“Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems,” Hickenlooper told USA Today’s Susan Page. “They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.”

As for organizations like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Hickenlooper said it is “probably not a bad idea” for them to not interfere in Colorado politics. Bloomberg previously donated $350,000 to support gun control efforts in Colorado and fight against the recall.

Both Morse and Giron have since been replaced with Republican senators and the same will happen if Hudak loses her seat. It was a turn of events that gun control supporters and legislators did not see coming.

When Hickenlooper was asked what he believed the chances were for Hudak to be recalled, the governor responded that it might be as close as 50-50.

“I didn’t think they’d get enough signatures for the first two,” Hickenlooper said, adding that there the push for the recalls is both well-funded and energetic.

The group currently leading efforts to recall the Westminister Democrat is called Recall Hudak Too. In order to get the recall placed on the ballot the group must gather a minimum of 18,300 signatures within 60 days of October 4. According the group’s site, activists plan on getting 25,000 signatures to ensure they have a sufficient amount.

“She has infringed upon our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. She has voted to make all citizens less safe and to drive hundreds of jobs from Colorado,” group spokesperson Mike McAlpine wrote in an email to The Denver Post.

An initial recall drive against Hudak failed earlier this year. Emboldened by recent success, gun rights advocates now believe they have enough support to oust the senator.

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13 thoughts on “Colorado Governor Says “Not a Bad Idea” for Gun Control Groups to Stay Away

  1. It is important to note that the recalls were because the Democrat controlled legislature changed their rules and disallowed debate or testimony regarding the bills. They engaged in an illegal act to push the gun control measures. They were not recalled because the people didn’t like the outcome although it is clear that Colorado citizens didn’t like the bills.

    1. It wasn’t so much the gun control laws as it was when Morse left the hall meeting because he didn’t want to hear what the people’s concerns were. And where Giron was concerned, she deliberately shut the door in a concerned citizen’s face. The arrogance and the total disrespect these two had for the citizens of Colorado finally bit them in the a ss…justifiably so.

  2. Governor John Hickenlooper was a driving force behind the passage of Colorado’s new gun laws. So Why not get rid of him to.

  3. The USA was a once great country where neighbours cared about each other.
    Now it’s a shit hole with a lazy, paranoid population of gun toting “me first” losers who can’t see what their own greed and fear has turned them into. Yee’haw folks! Well at least you won’t let them take away your right to kill each other’s children. Ya that’s it let’s arm the children next… then the “crazies” will think twice about shooting up a school.

    1. Ha ha you probably live in a country that has fascist laws and takes more than half of your income and don’t allow you peasants any rights. You can keep being ruled and we’ll keep our rights, our low violent crime rate ( England has nearly 5 times the violent crime rate of the US) , and definitely keep our guns which insure our rights, and our protection.

      1. You just proved everything in my post. “Low violent crime rate”…? Really?
        Where do you get your info? No doubt from FOX, they’d never lie.
        Keep drinking up the dream… cause that’s all it is.
        Do you even know the definition of Fascist?
        You’re a very good example of why your country has become what it has.
        Selfish, “me first” and ignorant.
        Your politicians and “rulers” are a clear reflection of you, the “people”.
        Enjoy your decline. And yes, keep your guns to protect yourself and “insure”
        your rights… what right is it exactly that you are protecting? From here, your rights were taken away long time ago by one of your good’ole boys GW Bush.
        Call it what it is. You’re afraid of your neighbours coming and taking your stuff, and you get off on the macho shit of thinking you’re Dirty Harry “packin’ heat”. This has nothing to do with protecting your rights. Grow up.

  4. …and after that, we in Colorado need to start a petition to recall Hickenlooper. Despite Morse and Giron and Hudak…it would never have become law if Hickenlooper would not have signed it. All volunteers would have to do is stand outside of all Sportsmen’s Warehouse, Cabella’s, any pawn shop, any sporting goods store, any gun shop, and they would have their 438,000 signatures to start a recall against Hickenlooper. Let’s go, Colorado!!

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